Anne Marie Befoune
As International Crisis Group’s Africa Program Director, Comfort Ero oversees the organisation’s work in West, Central, Southern and Horn of Africa. She first joined the international conflict prevention organisation in 2001 as West Africa Project Director, before serving for three years as the Political Affairs Officer and Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Liberia. Prior to Crisis Group, she was Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice, Research Fellow at the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College, and a Research Associate for the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Her areas of expertise include conflict prevention, management and resolution, mediation, peacekeeping, transitional justice, and Africa’s politics and international relations. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, University of London.
Daré is the founder and CEO of MFS Africa Limited, a pan African company that creates and distributes simple and relevant financial services through mobile phones. He began his career as Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Paris where he assisted leading telecom and media companies in Europe and Africa on strategy development and implementation as well as operational effectiveness issues. He later joined MTN Group in 2006 where he was involved in reviewing MTN-Banking experiment in South Africa and subsequently developing the Group’s mobile-payment strategy. He then managed the implementation of MTN Mobile Money across the Group’s 20 operations outside of South Africa before leaving in 2009 to start MFS Africa with the vision to make simple and relevant financial services available through mobile phones to all across Africa. Daré was born in Benin. He studied, worked and lived in more than 15 different countries. He holds an MSc in Telecom Engineering from Telecom-Paris (France) and an MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore).
Analyste politique, Allégresse Sassé est journaliste béninois. Il a travaillé au quotidien Le Matinal, entre 2008 et 2014. Depuis août 2014, il est chef du desk politique au quotidien Matin libre. Grand reporter, il a couvert les élections générales de 2011 au Bénin ainsi que la Conférence internationale de Tokyo sur le développement de l’Afrique (TICAD) qui s’est tenue à Yokohama (Japon) en juin 2013. Il est aussi un militant des droits de l’homme. Juriste de formation, il est titulaire d’un Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies en Droit international public de la Chaire Unesco des Droits de la personne et de la démocratie de l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi (UAC). Il est actuellement inscrit en doctorat dans la même université.